Advocates of dramatically expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program today lost a battle in the House.
Members of the House voted 260-152 for H.R. 3963, a resolution that could have overturned a veto by President Bush of an SCHIP expansion bill supported by congressional Democrats.
Democrats had hoped to use an increase in tobacco taxes to sharply expand SCHIP’s budget.
Bush vetoed the bill supported by Democrats and instead signed a bill that will increase the program’s $5 billion annual budget authorization by about $1 billion.
Democrats needed about 275 votes to overturn the veto.
All but 1 of the 219 Democrats who voted supported the effort to overturn the veto.
On the Republican side, 151 House members voted to support the veto and 42 voted to overturn it.